Brewed by Duyck
Style: Bière de Garde
Jenlain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
The festive season just wouldn’t be the same without this speciality beer whose arrival is always long-awaited. The tradition of Christmas beers is particular to northern Europe. In the years following the Second World War, the breweries used to sell an original, richer and stronger beer at the same price as year-round beers: this was their gift to their customers. The Duycks have perpetuated this custom by creating a special beer sold at the usual price. Produced with more malt than Jenlain Ambrée (3 different types of malt made from French grown barley and 3 varieties of the most aromatic hops from Alsace), this top fermented, unpasteurized beer, best served at between 6 and 8°C, has a rich amber glow, a denser head and stronger alcohol content (6.8% alcohol by volume). Darker than the traditional amber beer, its torrefied undertones are reminiscent of flowers and caramel. And the 2002 Christmas beer had a hint of orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Strong citrus, earthy aroma that reminds me of the smell of an orange soda. Very strange. Clear golden, no head. Med. body. Very mild, but defined orange taste. Light sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Rick orange topaz color with a taller head that is quite wispy as it settles leaving webs of lace. Orange candy and dark chocolate aromas with only hints of malt. Lightly spritzy feel. Flavors start with orange zest, mild chocolate and touch of yeast (Attic) followed by spicy alcohol. Light burn in the throat. Finishes with light nutmeg spice and the linger is more malty with toasted grains and caramel. Lots of flavor in this one, not sure if they mix and balance well, but at least there are no real faults.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
This is a good Biere de Garde especially if you like orange flavors. Nutmeg and spicy flavors too. Finishes clean crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2004
25cl. bottle: This beer pours a crystal clear amber color. There was a bit of a tan head that lingers for awhile. Some spices and notes of orange to the nose. The taste is a bit spicy, with notes of the orange. A medium malty body backing it up. Not bad for a French supermarket beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2004
(on bottle)Very powerfull x-mas aroma of coriander, orangepeel and nelikker. Not much moutheullness, but a spicy, fesh carbonated finish. Would go very well with daish christmasfood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
Medium sized beige head. Dark amber body. Not much aroma. Full and malty with a little spice and low finishing bitterness. Pleasent enough - but nothing to cheer about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2003
No head. Clear dark amber body. Aroma and flavor is mostly orange. Different but still nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2003
Light amber color with a white head. The taste is sweet and oranges with notes of spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Even though I'm a big fan of these rich types of ales, I just didn't like this one, and I got sick both times I drank it. Chimnay is much better if you insist on a european brew and are willing to pay more. Otherwise try an American brewed belgian ale such as OMMEGANG from OMMEGANG Brewing in Cooperstown N.Y. Its much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2002
Frothy red beer initially, but the head soon dies away. Rather a malty and wine feel to the aroma, and the flavour lacks depth as it is mainly bitter and burn’t flavours that come through. A good effort but I prefer the normal Jenlain beers.

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